Smith bank robbery

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Smith bank robbery - . T - "HORRIBLE GOSSIP". - At Blanchester....
. T - "HORRIBLE GOSSIP". - At Blanchester. Ohio. Drives Smith and Family To Colorado. riCTAI, StSPATCB TO TBS BXqtnXKB. Blanchester Ohio. October 19. Eberly D. Smith, arrested to-day at Montrose, Col., on the charge that he looted the United States mails and also received deposits ln the wrecked Blanchester National 'Bank here after he knew the institution was in solvent, left this city last March, aecom panied by bis wife, aged mother and a son anc? a daughter. Smith had just passed through bankruptcy proceedings following th'e failure of the Blanchester National Bank; of ' which he was cashier, for (165,000. Investment in a local Industrial concern was blamed for the bank's crash. "I am going away to be rid of this hor rible gossip here," said Smith to an inti mate friend. Just before he and his little party boarded a train for Columbus, Onto. "This talk here will kill me if I remain, must go away. i "I am practically penniless, but I believe that-out there in Colorado, where we Intend t.t go, we can 'start life anew among stran gers who-won't know about my troubles ln Blanchester." The Smith party halted at Columbus to visit his daughter Mary, wife of E- P. Rice, of the Herschey-Rlce Manufacturing Company, and ' another son, Stanley R. Smith. From Columbus the party went di rect to Montrose. Smith was born In Blanchester about M years ago. Until his bank went to the wall he was considered one- of the city's pillars. For years he was a trustee of the First Universallst Church here, taking an active part ln many of Its departments. It is remembered here how Smith used to paint word pictures of the fate that Inevitably awaited the man or woman who went wrong. He was much given to prayer. The news of his arrest in Colorado is a surprise to Blanchester citizens, as they supposed all litigation . against htm was at an end. A greater surprise, however, is the information that be bought a -big fruit farm and paid cash for it, as it was supposed here that he was financially ruined by the failure of. the bank. . leading no influence the electoral Republicans of then will Influence to reason of a blunt way Taft was these things. At crowd of upon the alluding to pending a land .outside founding good thing a good which Is he dwelt ment of At Lenoir turing at with Washington cise The if he was signal for the country respect to employment five years Effective Luke War, who Democrat- and of the TJall-fornla. Republicans, ln the sectional pleasant a similar signal advised all Strictly enter the evangelism. entirely much than Maine. territory, it the war, and Republican. The S4

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  1. The Cincinnati Enquirer,
  2. 17 Oct 1908, Sat,
  3. Page 1

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